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Truth Is Always Painful

When I counseled drug addicts, I frequently dealt with people who had lost all sense of direction.  They couldn’t tell up from down, or good from bad, and lied so often that the truth was no longer clear even to them.  Did Bill really see that movie or was it simply an excuse he gave […]

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Dealing With Blindness

As an archer, an arrow.      –The Dhammapada Sometime towards the end of my first marriage, I tried to play the stock market and lost my shirt.  I didn’t know what I was doing.  It seemed like a way to augment my salary as a pastor.  I never took a vow of poverty, after all, but […]

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Be Like Water

“The best man is like water.  Water is good: it benefits all things and does not compete with them.”  -Lao Tzu[i] I teach a course on the New Testament, and my goal this week was to finish the Gospel of Mark.  I figured we’d talk about Mark’s somber portrayal of dim-witted disciples and a suffering […]

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What’s Precious and What’s Not

There’s nothing like moving to make you separate what’s precious from what’s not.  I’ve moved eleven times in the last seventeen years.  Somewhere back around move number four I cut my library in half.  At different places along the way I’ve left behind desks, bookshelves, chairs, a tiller, and partial stake in a foosball table.  […]

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